Laptop Power Cords
Mac Tip #301/08-August-2007
A friend who was visiting with her Mac laptop pulled the power adapter from her bag and unravelled the cord from the other objects tangled up in it.
I asked why she didn’t use the wrapping handles and clip Apple had provided. Her answer was:
What are they? Perhaps you don’t know either.
When you unpack a new MacBook or MacBook Pro you should find the power adapter itself — a rectangular white ‘box’ with a cord that plugs into the computer; a power cord with a wall plug at one end; and a power plug to go into the wall.
The photo shows these 3 items, with plugs suitable for New Zealand.
If you’re averse to cables, or there is only a short distance between the computer and the wall plug, then attach the power plug directly to the adapter.
This is also handy if you’re travelling and need to save space.
If you need a longer stretch then attach the power cable to the adapter.
When you want to take the power adapter, with its attached cord, on the road with you, flip out the ‘wings’ and wrap the cord around them. Look carefully at the corners of the adapter to spot the folded in ‘wings’. They’re located on the same side as the cord itself.
Wrap the cord around the ‘wings’ — not too tightly as you don’t want to put strain on the cord — and use the small clip on the cord to fasten the end of the cord to one of the loops.
Your power adapter and cord are now tidy and snug. As for the long cord — I generally put the two ends together, fold that length in half, then make a simple loose ‘knot’ to hold it all together.
Update, July 2008: Sam, who comments below, has sent me the photo he refers to.